Planning Department, Hampshire
County Council, The Castle, Winchester Hampshire, SO23 8UJ
School, Havant Hockey Club
Dear Hampshire County Planners,
Along with other residents I have recently become aware of proposed
Havant, involving Havant Hockey Club, via
Warblington and Denvilles
Residents’ Association and a fellow member of Havant Borough 50+ Forum; I
became involved with the latter as there are minimal ways of having a say in
Havant, being involved, or even obtaining political representation,
particularly under certain circumstances, hence my presence on the Internet,
which is where this E-mail will also go, and the “certain circumstances,”
having long been there.
As I understand, from the Residents’ Association Newsletter, along with
information on the Internet, including various PDF documents, Havant Hockey
Club proposes to build two pitches at Warblington School, complete with
floodlights, public address system, etc.
According to a letter from Peter Taylor of Havant Hockey Club to Nigel
Smith, Head of Resources at Havant Borough Council, “The project is widely
supported by the Governors of Warblington School, Havant Borough Council and
Hampshire County Council, and has already passed through the first stage of
a funding bid with England Hockey, our national governing body.”, though
little seems to have come the residents’ way until the last minute; not an
uncommon occurrence in these types of circumstances. (The letter is
contained in a Havant Borough Council Cabinet Document of 3rd
February 2010with which Councillor Tony Briggs and Councillor Andrew
Lenaghan had some involvement -
The proposed development would appear to involve, quite logically, a
considerable increase in traffic for which there seem to have been no
planning done, or provision made.
Flood lights from 15m high columns will obviously involve a considerable
amount of light spillage which will impact on residents and could well cause
problems for drivers on the railway.
Noise from the public address system would seem to be an obvious problem
which, apparently, does not even get a mention in planning documents.
Buildings and changing facilities, as well as the environmental impact of
extra people in terms of players and spectators seems to have been
overlooked and/or dismissed.
I have found relevant documents on the Internet but have only had time to
read them rather quickly. Even so, I came across reference to “Evidence that
beneficiaries have been consulted and are in support” but no references to
consultation with those of us who will be impacted by the proposed
As a local resident I wish to register my objection to the proposed
developments at Warblington School, by Havant Hockey Club. The whole project
is unsuitable for close proximity to housing.
Richard King, BTech, MTech, CEng, MIMechE
Visiting University Lecturer in Engineering and Materials
Associate College Lecturer in Engineering Science and Materials
Member of East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member of Southern Entrepreneurs
Member of the Scientific and Medical Network
Business Web Site:
Jackie Branson, Havant Borough Council
Warblington and Denvilles Residents’ Association